|Years of service 1909–45|
Service/branch German Army
Battles and wars World War II
|Name Josef Harpe|
|Born 21 September 1887
Buer (1887-09-21) |
Allegiance German Empire (to 1918) Weimar Republic (to 1933) Nazi Germany
Battles/wars World War I World War II
Awards Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
Died March 14, 1968, Nuremberg, Germany
Commands held 9th Army, 12th Panzer Division, XXXXI Panzer Corps
Similar People Ferdinand Schorner, Ivan Konev, Georgy Zhukov
Josef Harpe (21 September 1887 – 14 March 1968) was a German general during World War II who commanded the 9th Army. He was a recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords of Nazi Germany.
Harpe served on the Eastern Front, where he commanded XXXXI Panzer Corps and the 9th Army. From September 1944 to January 1945 Army Group A, when he was relieved of his command due to the inability of German forces to stop the Soviet Vistula–Oder Offensive. He ended the war commanding the 5th Panzer Army on Western Front.